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When I splurge, when I ...what's the opposite of splurge?

When I sat down to make my budget for this year, I decided it was about time I take a look at my spending habits in order to start spending more mindfully and to stop wasting money on useless things.  For example...that 1600$ I spent at Sephora last year? Well, likely half of it was stupid products that I didn't really another lipstick or eyeshadow palette.  That being said, in order to save money I'm not just going to buy cheap products  because for me, sometimes cheap may be less money but the quality usually sucks or it falls apart minutes later.  So mindful spending this year to me, is more like buying good quality products that I know will do the job, even if they may cost a little more, but it also means buying less of things.  Because really, the last thing I need is more stuff to clutter my world.

So when making my list of things I splurge or save on, I found it interesting to see that the majority of staples in my life are splurges.  Turns out I'm not too willing to skimp on my everyday things, like...

  1. Moisturizing products.  Currently I am loving the TIDAL SUNDAY RILEY cream in the mornings, especially during our very cold and dry winters.  My skin regime does not get skipped or skimped and is very important to me....stay away wrinkles, stay away.

  • all makeup for that matter is a splurge for me...except the only thing I will save on is mascara...I like L'Oreal's Voluminous, but I also like Make up Forever's Smoky Eye. I am really trying to limit what I buy this year, only getting something once it needs replacing instead of 'just cause'.

2.  Shoes.  I just got a cute pair of transition wedge boots for slushy season (we went from -50 to +5 within a week)....check out these Sorel wedges.  I rarely save on shoes- I think I have one pair of flats from H&M, but everything else is my favourite brands like Sam Edelman, Dolce Vita or Miz Mooz.

3. Wardrobe staples- like jeans, blouses, cardis...okay..everything. Busted.

4. Handbags- I may or may not have a cute little collection growing of my favourite friends...Tory, Marc, Michael, Rebecca & Kate.  I am now on a handbag buying hiatus because I want a Chanel bag for my 40th, which is far too close.

No splurge

  1. Anything that's trendy- I will buy those items at H&M mostly or the Twik line from Simons.

2. Something I just want to try to see if I'll like like this veggie spiraller that I just bought this week, also Amazon Prime is my favourite thing.  My goal is to not go into Walmart this year, so amazon shall replace it:

3. Salt n' vinegar chips- sometimes the cheapest ones have the best flavour.

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  1. Living on Cloud Nine22 January, 2017 21:31

    Fabulous advice D. I try to spend way less on trendy items and a refusing to go to Sephora or Ulta unless I'm out of a product. I have a whole drawer full of beauty products I've only used once. Shameful! Most of my staples are splurges as well, especially my skin car, the oder ya get, the more its worth it.

  2. Oh yes I understand the handbag splurging entirely! Also a Chanel is a wonderful goal to have! I'd love to be able to splurge one of my bonuses on a bag, haven't done that since the boys came along, but once I'm back to regular work and things are a little more normal I might be able to use it as "fun money" again!

    I have plenty of time to decide my next splurge-worthy purchase anyway with my 6 month no shopping challenge!

    Hope you have a great week ahead of you :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  3. I have totally started to buy better after being told over and over by the hubby to do that very thing. Makes a difference and I agree with on what not to splurge on too!

  4. Shoes and bags!!!!!!
    I could get lost in sephora - it's that reason I try and buy my skin/makeup online lol

  5. I'm newly into skin care and I can't believe how much I've spent in the last 2 months. I am also wishing the wrinkles away! Let me know how you like the spiraler, I'm been pondering that purchase as well.

  6. Bags for sure. And shoes. I too am in bag hiatus, mainly because I don't have any more room. I'd say skincare too, but I've been on the struggle bus with that because I can't find stuff that works. Sigh.

  7. I struggle with this. I don't know why, but I find it hard to splurge on myself, and I'm always buying things because "it's such a good price, it's practically free". I definitely need to focus on quality over quantity.

  8. I've been getting that same moisturizer but it's SO darn expensive. I actually compromised and bought the smaller one available from Sephora but it was so so small. I wouldn't recommend doing that!

  9. I hate buying make-up, so I definitely tend to save in that category!

  10. I'm with you. I never splurge on the super trendy things because I know I'll only wear them for a couple of seasons and then be done with them. I only splurge on classic items that I will wear for years and years!

  11. I love this, you are a girl after my own heart. Although you know you have a shopping problem when you get a pacakge in the mail and mostly forgot that you ordered it! haha :) Oops!

  12. I'm with you! Most of my staples are splurges and trendier pieces I always try to save on. Skincare is one area I won't budge on and is always a splurge.

    Doused In Pink

  13. Handbags are my weakness. It's so hard to not buy a new one every season!


  14. Yes, I'm a bag whore too. Gotta have tons of bags!

  15. I had been pining away for a Louis Vuitton bag for my 40th…but I think I'll use that money instead on a trip to LA where I can drink lattes and celeb watch in the Grove or at the Farmer's Market…make more memories that way :)

  16. Your caption for the image made me laugh. Isn't that kinda frustrating?! Confession: I have never bought anything from Sephora. I should totally fix that, right?!

  17. Salt and Vingar chips... hahaha! I'm with ya. I'll splurge on shoes for sure!

  18. That sounds like the best birthday trip ever!

  19. you hate buying makeup? how come i didn't know this about you.

  20. I can't wait to shop with you in Toronto!

  21. I really need to remember I have good things at home before I go and buy more

  22. Your bag collection makes me want allllll your bags!

  23. haha, yes! Too many, looking to get a black pair too, cause those are classics right?

  24. Yay for spiralizers! Was gifted one for Christmas and tried it out this week. LOVE!!

  25. Logan would totally agree on the chip front, he always says no name has better flavour. I am with you on the moisturizer/makeup as I have developed acene prone skin since babies and some shoes I splurge on but trendy ones I have been having luck buying at the Bay the Expessions line if on sale they are not too bad. I will be watching for your good finds. 😃


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